Keep Your Cool: High Heat Will Continue Through Wednesday
Keep a watch on those most vulnerable to heat-related emergencies, and make sure you find ways to keep yourself comfortable and hydrated.
With humid 90s sticking around until Wednesday evening, Wauwatosa Patch is reminding readers of the risks of overheating and offering some of the hours and options for places to cool down.
If you don't have adequate air conditioning or air circulation, you should find places to cool off, stay hydrated and and watch out for the most vulnerable: children, elderly and pets, officials say.
People with heart, circulatory or respiratory ailments are also at risk during high heat, and so are people on certain medications and combinations of medications. Check with your physician if you're not sure you're safe in the heat.
Successive days and nights of heat can have a cumulative deleterious effect on those vulnerable to it. The overnight low Tuesday night through Wednesday morning will dip only to the mid-70s.
Heat stroke can strike anyone who is over-active in the heat. If you have concerns about dealing with heat or need information or referrals on how to handle it, you can dial 211. If you or someone else actually appears to be suffering a heat emergency, dial 911 immediately.
Here's a link to the National Weather Service forecast for Wauwatosa. Good news: The high drops to the low 80s on Thursday.
Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park: Cool off in the pool, but don't plan on doing excessive laps or dives and be careful not to bake in the sun pool-side.
The zero-depth Tosa Pool is open for parents with tots (ages 6 and younger) from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; for daytime open swimming from noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and holidays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; and for evening open swimming from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Daytime admission is $7, evening $4, parent/tot time $4, and children 2 and younger swim free.
Wauwatosa Public Library and other libraries: There is plenty to do in the Wauwatosa library, such as reading books and magazines, doing computer research or bringing work to do on a table or conference room. Here is a schedule of upcoming summer children's activities, which includes two regularly held on Wednesdays and Thursdays: Rhyme Time, for babies through 3-year-olds, at 11 a.m.; and Story Time, for 3- through 6-year-olds, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
(Note: These activities will not be offered on July 4 and 5.)
The library, 7635 W. North Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
AMC Mayfair Mall 18 Cinema: Taking in a movie is a great way to keep cool. Here are the movies being shown and times (scroll down page).
Mayfair Mall itself: An easy way to spend time in air-conditioning is to hit Wisconsin's busiest mall at 2500 N. Mayfair Rd. If you think you've seen it all a hundred times, remember that stores and shops do come and go. With young kids out of school, a visit to the new Lego store might be a popular idea.
Bowling: Hit the lanes at AMF Bowlero, 11737 W. Burleigh St. from 9 a.m. to midnight Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; noon to midnight Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. You can call 414-258-9000 for lane availability or to make reservations.
Restaurants, coffee shops and watering holes: Take an extra long lunch or coffee (but avoid too much caffeine which is not hydrating) at area dining establishments. Wauwatosa has a ton of places, including this list of coffee shops and restaurants.
Now, you shouldn't drink too much alcohol when you're hot, but here are some inviting places to cool down while sipping in moderation.
Ice cream treats: Go get an ice cream, frozen yogurt or frozen custard treat at Yo Mama!, Niemann's or Baskin-Robbins in the Village, Dairy Queen or Ted's on North Avenue, the Orange Julius/Dairy Queen or Paciugo Gelato & Caffe in Mayfair Mall, or Gilles Frozen Custard on Blue Mound Road.